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We will be compiling news from the Digital Marketing world as well as some of the latest Internet News and Trends here.

The latest News from the Guardian Internet Editorials can be viewed below:

  • Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:00:16 +0000: We still need humans to identify sexually explicit images online – for now - Internet | The Guardian

    Jeremy Hunt’s claim that technology could soon automatically spot and block ‘sexting’ among under-18s is a little premature, if not inconceivable. But we still rely on real people to identify images of abuse online, and it’s no easy job

    When Peter, an analyst at the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), is on “hashing” duty, he might look at 1,000 images of child sexual abuse in a single day. His job is to filter them. Some of the photographs the IWF picks up on its trawls of the web, or that members of the public send to the organisation, fall outside criminal boundaries: one might, for example, show a toddler working on a sandcastle. Others depict monstrous abuse. Sitting in an upstairs office in a Cambridge business park, with the blinds drawn for precaution, Peter – one of 13 analysts at the IWF – dutifully clicks through the daily queue of images and videos, marking the difference. Every hour he takes a break. “Sometimes you see something that takes you by surprise,” says the former RAF intelligence analyst, “and you have to take a long sit-down.” But each photo he hashes as abusive – from Category C (indecent) to Category A (penetrative) – can swiftly be blocked wherever it appears on the public internet. That is why Peter, a father of two, does the job.

    On Tuesday, Jeremy Hunt suggested it might not be necessary for much longer. Technology exists, he said, that can “identify sexually explicit images and prevent [them] being transmitted”; this could facilitate a complete bar on sexting for under-18s. Well, says Peter, he isn’t redundant yet. “It would be amazing,” he says, in a room across the hallway from where IWF staff have just finished a mindfulness session, “if there was a magic brush that could do this kind of job.” Almost all of the “hashing” process runs automatically. The IWF, along with many police forces, uses PhotoDNA, a service Microsoft makes freely available to them. Once an analyst such as Peter has set it in motion, the software takes a digital fingerprint of the image (the “hash”), and adds it to a list of 130,000 the IWF has logged so far. Running the list against all the images uploaded to their platforms, Google, Facebook and Twitter – among others – locate and wipe out any replicas they may inadvertently be hosting. In the past, paedophiles could mark or change the file format of a photograph to fool the hash. But since PhotoDNA was released in 2009, that has become harder. Analysts now spend less time on the same, endlessly recurring stock of images.

    Related: British campaigners warn of emergency over online child sexual abuse

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  • Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:56:19 +0000: What do Donald Trump's Twitter tastes tell us about him? - Internet | The Guardian

    Trump follows Bill O’Reilly and Piers Morgan, but top Republicans Rudy Giuliani and Paul Ryan don’t make the cut

    Donald Trump, with over 16 million followers on Twitter, famously follows only 40 people himself. If you take a look at his list, it’s like your dad joined Twitter to find out what all the fuss was about, followed his direct relatives and everyone in his book club, then got bored.

    It has a sudden, inorganic feel, as if it were built in a day; nearly a quarter of the follows are for his own hotels and golf clubs, so a lot of the timeline is filled with pictures of diced vegetables and there are as many links as hyperlinks.

    Related: 'I will be leaving my …': Trump tweet triggers fill-in-the-blank challenge

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  • Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:18:10 +0000: How to stop teenagers sexting | Dean Burnett - Internet | The Guardian

    Jeremy Hunt has proposed a ban on sexting for under-18s. But there’s only one realistic option when it comes to curbing teen sex drives: don’t even try.

    Jeremy Hunt has proposed a ban on sexting for under 18s. As any reasonable person might have predicted, this has been met with a great deal of criticism. Most of the arguments appear to be based on the technical practicalities, given how Hunt never truly explained how tech companies are supposed to filter specific types of messages on countless platforms and devices based on date of birth. However, an even bigger hurdle would be the sex drive of teenagers themselves.

    One time when I was in school, we’d heard that someone had abandoned a pornographic magazine in a nearby field (for any teenagers reading this, this was a common phenomenon in the era when porn had to be printed). So, obviously, we set off to find it. Took a few hours but it was eventually spotted in a ditch. It ended with us just staring at it for a while, focussed on cheaply-printed images of naked breasts, spattered with mud, rainwater and animal effluent (I hope nobody developed any weird fetishes as a result of this, but you never know).

    Short of locking them in boxes with no wifi connection, there is no technical “solution” that will prevent kids from sexting any more than you could have prevented a younger version of me from getting touched up behind the bike sheds at school. What’s more I’d argue that “stopping kids from sexting” is a misguided goal in the first place. We shouldn’t be treating sex like it’s a monster that’s trying to eat our young people: it’s a very common part of life, and blanket bans are a poor alternative to proper sex education and guidance.

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  • Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:17:34 +0000: Twitter's 140 characters: a blessing or a curse? – Chips with Everything tech podcast - Internet | The Guardian

    Earlier this year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s announcement to relax the platform’s 140-character limit was met with uproar. Matt Shore and guests Dhiraj Murthy and Laurie Rice discuss the reasons people love it

    Earlier this year, the announcement by Twitter that it might scrap its 140-character limit set its users into a frenzy. Many argued that the character limit was what separated their beloved Twitter from other social media platforms. But what is it about this limit that people love? And what effect might it be having on us in a political, economic, and social sense?

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  • Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:01:00 +0000: Tesco Bank cyber attack involved guesswork, study claims - Internet | The Guardian

    Academics say working out card number, expiry date and security code of Visa card takes ‘as little as six seconds’

    A team of academics claims an unsophisticated type of cyber attack that exploits “flaws” in the Visa card payment system was probably used to defraud Tesco Bank customers of £2.5m last month.

    Related: Cyber attack: hackers 'weaponised' everyday devices with malware to mount assault

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